Date of Birth: March 20, 1946
Date of Death: December 28, 2018
Thao Thi (Phan) (Draper) Hawpe passed away peacefully at her home in Glendale, Arizona under the care of Faith Hospice and with her family nearby on December 28, 2018. "Lee" as she was affectionately known to all was born in My Tho, South Vietnam on March 20, 1946. She married Robert Lee Draper on July 18, 1969 in Vietnam. Robert was a US Air Force veteran working under contract with Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc. near Da Nang, South Vietnam. In August of 1970 Robert brought Lee to Phoenix, Arizona to live with his mother Edith Draper while he returned to South Vietnam to fulfill and finish his contracted time with PA&E. Robert returned to Arizona and he and Lee bought a mobile home and settled in Glendale, Arizona. Lee was expecting a baby near the end of November 1972 and Robert had taken a week of vacation to be at home. Lee was fixing dinner when Robert went to take a nap as he wasn't feeling well. When she went to wake him, she found him dead from a massive heart attack. Robert Lee Draper died on November 30, 1972 at the age of 40 years. Lee gave birth to their daughter Roberta Thi Draper on December 1, 1972 the very next day. Lee was left alone at the age of 26 with an infant daughter, limited knowledge of English, and no family in the U.S. Her only skill was that of sewing. So she returned to work at Decorator's Service and Supply where she was a seamstress making Fancy Work such as pillows, valences, roman shades etc. This was Lee in December 1973 when she met Dwayne Allen Hawpe who had just recently moved to Glendale, Arizona from Blythe, California. Dwayne was a 22 year old Vietnam Veteran, five years younger than her, who had served in South Vietnam from April 1970 to November 1971. On June 15, 1974, Dwayne and Lee drove to Yuma, Arizona and were married by a Justice of the Peace. In August 1976, Dwayne used his VA Loan to purchase a 4 bedroom home in Glendale, Arizona for a down payment of $1 dollar. Their son Michael Wayne Hawpe was born in March 1977. This is where Lee and Dwayne lived and raised their family for the next 41 years. Lee is survived by her husband Dwayne Allen Hawpe, daughter Roberta Thi Picazo and husband Paul, Michael Wayne Hawpe and wife Sanaa, grandson Avonti Picazo and companion Ana, granddaughter Alysia Picazo and companion David, step-grandchildren Rameina and Rameil Gewargis. Her mother-in-law Betty McDaniel, sister-in-law Sharon Dutro (Kenny), brother-in-law Gary Hawpe (Norma), sister-in-law Teresa Chesnut (Stephen), brother-in-law David Hawpe (Julie), sister-in-law Deborah McCabe Hill and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Best Funeral Services at their West Valley Chapel, 9380 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345. Visitation and viewing on Monday, January 7, 2019 between 9 - 10 am. Followed by a memorial service. Burial will be next to her 1st husband Robert Lee Draper in the Tempe Double Butte Cemetery, 2505 W Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282 at 1:00 pm. There will be a Celebration of Her Life gathering for family and friends at the Hawpe residence at 4:00 pm.